International FAQs


Application FAQs

Admissions, I-20 & Visa FAQs

Arrival & Orientation FAQs

Other FAQs


What enrollment terms are available for the international students?
- International Students can apply for our spring (January) and fall (August) enrollment terms.

What are the application deadlines?
- Students must submit an application by July 15 to enroll for fall semester (August) and November 15 for spring semester (January).

What are the required documents for an undergraduate application?
1) Application form completed online at /forms/internationalapp/
2) List of financial and academic documents can be found at /international/admissreq/

What are the required documents for a graduate application?
1) Application form completed online at /forms/internationalapp/
2) List of financial and academic documents can be found at /international/admissreq/

How can I submit the required documents?
You will be required to upload or attach copies of your documents when completing the application. However, you are required to submit official or original transcripts upon arrival to the University.

* All applicants from Nigeria, Cameroon and Ghana are required to submit official educational documents to WES for a course-by-course evaluation. Scanned copies submitted via email will not be accepted.

Is there a minimum GPA required to apply to TU?
- Yes. The minimum GPA required for each degree program is:

• Undergraduate freshman applicants is 2.25 GPA
• Undergraduate transfer applicants is 2.0 GPA
• Graduate applicants is 3.0 GPA

The GPA requirements are based on a 4.0 scale. GPA calculations can vary from country to country. Tiffin University carefully calculates a GPA based on the education requirements from the country of study.

Is the TOEFL or IELTS required?
- Yes. The minimum score required for each degree program is:

• Undergraduate-Satisfactory TOEFL score (500 PBT/61iBT) or IELTS score 5.0 or iTEP score 4.5*
• Graduate-Satisfactory TOEFL score (550 PBT/79-80ibt) or IELTS score 6 or iTEP score 5.5*

* Applicants who are unable to meet the language proficiency standards or who do not have proof of proficiency can receive a Conditional Acceptance, and attend our English as a Second Language (ESL) program, which is our on-campus English language institute

Do I need to submit GMAT or GRE scores with the graduate application?
- No. GMAT and GRE scores are not mandatory to apply to Tiffin University. The Admissions Committee takes a holistic approach towards evaluating student applications. The committee makes an admission decision based on the student’s complete profile instead of solely focusing on test scores.

Does TU accept transfer credit from other programs?
- Yes. We do accept transfer credit from other universities for our undergraduate and graduate degree programs. A preliminary transfer credit evaluation is performed at the time a completed application is reviewed.  You are required to submit course descriptions.

How can I find out more info about TU's academic programs?
- Please visit the following link to learn more about TU's academic programs.

• Bachelor degree programs: /majors/
• Master degree programs: /graduateprograms/

What is the length of the program?
- Graduate degree programs can be completed in approximately 20-24 months. Bachelor degree programs can be completed in approximately 48 months depending on your class level and number of transfer credit awarded.

Please note that any requirement to complete the English as a Second Language (ESL) program or prerequisites will change the length of time to complete a degree program.

What are the estimated tuition costs and other expenses to study at Tiffin University?
- Please visit our website, /international/admissreq/ and click on “Tuition & Fees” tab for information regarding estimated tuition and expenses.

Are international students eligible for financial aid and scholarships?
- International students are not eligible for financial aid; however, they do qualify for a generous merit scholarship from Tiffin University. Scholarship amounts are determined after a thorough review of the student’s application. Click here to view scholarship amounts.


How long will it take for the admissions committee to make a decision on my application?
- Once we receive all the required documents, it usually takes about 7 to 10 working days for the Admissions Committee to make an admission decision. Please note that we do not review applications that are considered incomplete.

How will I be informed of my application status?
- Students can email the or call us at +1 419-448-3287 to inquire about their application status. We will be in regular contact with the applicant via phone and email to help with the application process.

When and how will I receive my I-20?
-Once admitted, Tiffin University will mail you a Form I-20 to the mailing address on your Affidavit of Financial Support Form within 7-14 business days. It is very important that the address information is as accurate and complete as possible.

How do I apply for my visa?
- The Visa Interview Guide located in the I-20 packet will contain detailed instructions on scheduling a visa interview at the nearest US consulate in your country. You can click here to select your nearest US embassy website to find out more details about the country-specific required documents and visa interview process.

How do I pay my SEVIS fee?
- The Visa Interview Guide located in the I-20 packet will contain the detailed instructions on payment of SEVIS fee. Please click here for more details regarding the SEVIS fee payment instructions.

Who do I contact for questions regarding the visa interview?
- You can contact the International Admissions Office via email at or by calling us at +1 419-448-3287 for suggestions or help regarding the visa interview. We are happy to answer questions and help you practice.

What is your policy on deferred admission?
- You may request to defer your admission to the following semester; however, approval is required from the Director of International Admissions. If approved, you are required to submit updated financial documents before a new I-20 can be sent.


When can I arrive to campus?
- Once you receive a visa, specific arrival information will be provided to you. You should make note of the mandatory orientation date located in your admit letter and program start date on your I-20.

What airport should I fly into?
- You should make arrangements to arrive at Detroit Metropolitan Wayne County Airport (DTW). If you are unable to find a flight to DTW, you may request airport pick-up service from Cleveland Hopkins Airport (CLE). Both airports are approximately two hours from Tiffin University.

Will somebody from TU pick me up from the airport?
- Yes. Tiffin University provides airport pick-up service free of charge to all new students. Please note that you are required to submit a Student Travel Itinerary form at least four (4) days prior to your arrival date to receive the airport pick-up service.

Is Orientation mandatory for all the international students?
- Yes. It is mandatory for all the students to attend the orientation session. Please click here and look under “International Student Orientation” for more details regarding the orientation session.

When does Orientation begin?
- The orientation date can be found on your admit letter to Tiffin University.

How much does Orientation cost?
- Orientation is free to all students.


Is Tiffin University accredited?
- Tiffin University is an independent, private institution of higher education, chartered by the State of Ohio to award degrees at the Associate’s, Bachelor’s and Master’s level.

Tiffin University’s seated and online programs are authorized by the Ohio Department of Higher Education. Our programs are accredited by the Higher Learning Commission which is one of the six regional accreditation bodies recognized by essentially all of the major public and private colleges and universities in America. The School of Business is accredited by the Accreditation Council for Business Schools and Programs (ACBSP).

In addition, Tiffin University received prestigious accreditation from The European Council for Business Education (ECBE) for its Bachelor of Business Administration (BBA) and Master of Business Administration (MBA) degree programs.

How can I learn more about the professors at TU?
- Click here to learn more about each professor’s educational background.

Can I take a virtual tour of the campus?
- Yes, you are more than welcome to use the virtual tour application on our website. Please click here for a virtual tour of the Tiffin University campus.

Am I required to live on-campus?
- Freshmen, sophomores, and juniors are required to live on-campus unless 24 years of age of older. All graduate students are permitted to live off-campus. On-campus housing options can be viewed by clicking here.

How much does it cost if I live off-campus?
- The city of Tiffin is very safe and affordable. Depending on the quality of housing, rental prices typically range from $300-$600 per month.

Can I work while in school?
- International students studying on an F-1 visa can work on Tiffin University's campus only and cannot exceed 20 hours per week. Please note that employment on the Tiffin University campus is not guaranteed and is highly competitive.